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Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | | Drama | 9 January 1998 (USA)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.


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Top Rated Movies #107 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »



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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Wildly charismatic. Impossibly brilliant. Totally rebellious. For the first 20 years of his life, Will Hunting has called the shots. Now he's about to meet his match. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En busca del destino  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$272,912 (USA) (5 December 1997)


$138,339,411 (USA) (24 July 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matt Damon was 26/27 when the movie was filmed, His character, Will, was 20. See more »


After the verbal confrontation in the bar, the gang leaves and is passing by the restaurant where the blond college boy, Clark, is now sitting with his friends, Will slaps a paper with the Skylar's phone number (555-1294) against the glass, saying "I got her number. How do you like them apples?" In the United States of America, there is no 555 telephone exchange. Historically, a 555 exchange has often been used in movies and TV shows so that real phone numbers won't be called after the movies or shows are seen. See more »


[first lines]
Lambeau: Mod fx... squared... dx. So please finish Parceval, by next time. I know many of you had this as undergraduates, but it won't hurt to brush up.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the film is dedicated to the memory of poet Allen Ginsberg and writer William S. Burroughs, both of whom died in 1997. See more »


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A beautiful, soul-touching experience.
11 January 1999 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

I first saw Good Will Hunting in February of '98. It blew me away. I happily disregard comments by people who say: "The probability of something like that happening..." This film is bold in that giving Will such a mind colors outside of the lines. It simply aims to tell a story. It is a beautiful story told in a magnificent manner. Robin Williams was superb in his role, his effect on Damon electric. Minnie Driver and Matt Damon's on-screen chemistry was undeniable. More films like this one are needed. And yes, the ending was predictable. That made it perfect. I wouldn't have had it any other way.

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